Healthcare Quality and Safety

Draft national standards for special care units

Date of publication: 
Monday, September 29, 2014

The Health Information and Quality Authority recognises the importance of increasing the quality and safety of care for all children, especially children who are particularly vulnerable and are living away from their families. These Draft national standards for special care units have been developed to ensure that children living away from home are provided with safe, high quality services.

Review of the governance arrangements as reflected in the safety, quality and standards of services at UL Hospitals

Date of publication: 
Friday, June 6, 2014

This report presents the findings from the review of the governance of UL Hospitals that has been undertaken by the Health Information and Quality Authority. This review was undertaken in order to monitor progress with the implementation of the Authority’s National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.

Business Plan 2014

Date of publication: 
Friday, May 16, 2014

Business Plan outlines the objectives to be met during 2014, in keeping with our Corporate Plan 2013-2015.

Guidance for health and social care providers; Principles of good practice in medication reconciliation, May 2014

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Medication reconciliation is the process of creating and maintaining the most accurate list possible of all medications a person is taking – including drug name, dosage, frequency and route – in order to identify any discrepancies and to ensure any changes are documented and communicated, thus resulting in a complete list of medications. Medication reconciliation aims to provide patients and service users with the correct medications at all points of transfer within and between health and social care services.

Guide: Monitoring Programme for unannounced inspections undertaken against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This is a guide to HIQA’s programme of monitoring with the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections. It explains HIQA’s approach to monitoring the compliance of service providers – including hospitals – with the Standards and it refers to unannounced inspections only.

Patient Safety Investigation report into services at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and as reflected in the care provided to Savita Halappanavar

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

This report presents the findings from the investigation into the care provided by the HSE to patients, including pregnant women, at risk of clinical deterioration. It presents 34 recommendations that focus on improvements required in the University Hospital Galway and across the other 18 public maternity hospitals in Ireland.

Overview of Healthcare Interoperability Standards

Date of publication: 
Thursday, July 11, 2013

This report features a thorough overview of healthcare interoperability standards in Ireland and elsewhere. These standards allow health information to be shared electronically to help patients and health professionals make decisions based on the best available information.

Guidance on Developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Minimum Data Sets to Monitor Healthcare Quality Version 1.1

Date of publication: 
Thursday, February 14, 2013

This updated report provides additional clarity on some elements of key performance indicators. KPIs promote accountability to service users, by facilitating comparisons with other organisations, and to stated objectives or targets of an organisation. The original document was published in September 2010.

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